Tuesday, October 27, 2015

- All washed up

I rinsed out a bunch of linen patches, some dyed in black tea, others in Prairie Tea. and laid them out to dry ...

Note: the patches in the upper left started out as shades of tan, lower right started out as yellows,
and the upper right and lower left patches started out as shades of white

It was a bit of a pain, but honestly some were too crusty along the edges to stitch and I needed to see how much color they would retain (or lose) before going any further. As they dried, I realized I needed a better plan for subsequent dye passes, so I stitched them together with what I can only think to call chain basting ...


Then dipped everything in a new batch of Prairie Tea ...


And yes, the feather went into the dye pot, too.

16 comments:

Dana said...

It is so fun to follow your dyeing progress! I loved the colander circles...did they wash out? Watching you learn about the colors and qualities of your native plants is so satisfying. Go Liz!

Liz Ackert said...

The circles did wash out, and since the current project needs to go through the wash, I'll just file the idea away for another day. I do love using the native plants.

Mo Crow said...

looking forward to seeing how your feather changes with the over dyeing & wondering why the cloth is getting a bit crusty at the edges with the overdyeing, do you add vinegar to the solution to help hold the colour?

Liz Ackert said...

I think dyeing the sewn patches may cause more dye to migrate to the edges, where it oxidizes and gums things up a bit. Not really a problem (since it's solvable), just an interesting observation.

I do like the idea of using vinegar ... will try that next

Mo Crow said...

I know next to nothing about dyeing but have read that vinegar settles the cloth and helps hold the colour

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

am SO happy to be back, checking on your Doings, and YES, you DO draw!!!!!!!

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you for coming by ... especially with so much happening. And yes, drawing is something I've always wanted to do well. Now I see the possibility that instead I might draw things that please me ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

I am sending. Sending your part of this World Love and hope for Safe Being.
Love to you....

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

what county do you live in?

Liz Ackert said...

We are in Hays County between Wimberley and San Marcos, both of which are in the news again.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... Don built some wooden dams to block water if it goes over the pitch and threatens the front doors. Fortunately they weren't needed. Although we lost the Internet, we still had weather warnings on our phone, which sounded another flash flood alert last night. Thusorning found a mere 1.25" in the rain gauge ... yesterday we had a reported 10" in 5 hours!

Liz Ackert said...

Ugh ... typos. Okay, "pitch" should be "porch" and "thusorning" should be this morning.

yvette said...

Safe?
Heard news and was worried
Love

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you for your concern ... we are safe, but it will take a lot of work to get our trails back to rights. Luckily, we have no water damage!

deemallon said...

catching up here. glad you are okay! the dyeing is fun and lovely and I also really like the scale of the squares. like poker chips or small Chinese flash cards that I have... I'd want to shuffle them!

Liz Ackert said...

I need to catch up on your blog, too ... so much there to absorb! I'm looking forward to posting my recent experience at a dyeing workshop ... some of the blue patches took a dip in an indigo bath.